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TallGuyCM
03-24-2011, 09:59 PM
So I was asked today to help with ideas for my mom's good friend's 50th birthday. They're celebrating on Saturday, May 14th, and are planning on taking a party bus up to LA. None of them know the city very well, and need ideas on what to do.

Everything from late afternoon drinks to dinner to a place to get drinks after to maybe even a concert. Most of the women are around the age of 50, and look great for their age. That being said, they don't want to go anywhere that's full of 20-somethings.

I know a lot of you know LA like the back of your hand...any help would be greatly appreciated!

getbetter
03-24-2011, 10:10 PM
Im thinking wine bars....are u going get some from any of ur moms friends since they look good?

TallGuyCM
03-24-2011, 10:29 PM
Hahaha...no.

tessalasset
03-24-2011, 10:30 PM
If for some strange reason they haven't yet, I'd definitely suggest visiting the Getty. If they want a beach vibe for dinner/drinks, Paradise Cove in Malibu is a great place, but they're from SD so I'm sure it's not a big deal to them. See if there's anything at Disney Hall. If they're into the whole pseudo-celebrity thing have them eat at the Ivy for lunch.

TallGuyCM
03-24-2011, 10:38 PM
SD? Nah, they're Palos Verdes gals. :)

JustSteve
03-25-2011, 11:28 AM
$$$

djabomb
03-25-2011, 12:34 PM
Downtown LA Wine brewery followed by drinks on the W rooftop in Hollywood or Standard Hotel roof in downtown also.


p.s. Standard views are relaxing (day or night)

fatbastard
03-25-2011, 01:46 PM
What do they normally do for fun back at home? Would you imagine them wearing jeans, cocktail dresses, or evening gowns... i.e. will they change clothes or keep the same outfit on?

Bonovan
03-25-2011, 10:37 PM
1. An early dinner at LA PRIME, the revolving restaurant on the 35th floor of the Westin Hotel Bonaventure in downtown LA: http://www.thebonaventure.com/dining/la_prime.cfm

Enjoy this type of view:

http://i0.bookcdn.com/data/Photos/LargePhoto2/22/2299/2299959/The-Westin-Bonaventure-Hotel---Suites--Los-Angeles-photos-Interier-BonaVista-Bar.JPEG


2. See Chelsea Handler, Live, at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood on May 14: http://www.los-angeles-theatre.com/theaters/pantages-theater/chelsea-handler.php

http://www.los-angeles-theatre.com/images/show/04369_show_landscape_01.jpg


3. Go for drinks after the show at Yamshiro Bar & Restaurant in the Hollywood Hills, just above the Magic Castle: http://www.yamashirorestaurant.com/

Enjoy this type of view:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2710/4363888981_8d65aa7273.jpg

TallGuyCM
03-25-2011, 11:24 PM
Whoa. Hell yeah, Bonovan. That all sounds excellent.

TallGuyCM
03-25-2011, 11:25 PM
What do they normally do for fun back at home? Would you imagine them wearing jeans, cocktail dresses, or evening gowns... i.e. will they change clothes or keep the same outfit on?

They're all very down to earth, normal housewives for the most part. I imagine they'll all be dressed very nicely, not evening gowns but definitely cocktail dresses.

TallGuyCM
03-26-2011, 09:09 PM
Got this request specifically - "Are there any club-type places for the not-so-young? I'm thinking she wants to party..."

Any ideas?

Inthecolumbiagorge
03-26-2011, 09:19 PM
1. An early dinner at LA PRIME, the revolving restaurant on the 35th floor of the Westin Hotel Bonaventure in downtown LA: http://www.thebonaventure.com/dining/la_prime.cfm

Enjoy this type of view:

http://i0.bookcdn.com/data/Photos/LargePhoto2/22/2299/2299959/The-Westin-Bonaventure-Hotel---Suites--Los-Angeles-photos-Interier-BonaVista-Bar.JPEG


2. See Chelsea Handler, Live, at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood on May 14: http://www.los-angeles-theatre.com/theaters/pantages-theater/chelsea-handler.php

http://www.los-angeles-theatre.com/images/show/04369_show_landscape_01.jpg


3. Go for drinks after the show at Yamshiro Bar & Restaurant in the Hollywood Hills, just above the Magic Castle: http://www.yamashirorestaurant.com/

Enjoy this type of view:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2710/4363888981_8d65aa7273.jpg

This! This would be perfect!!

TallGuyCM
03-26-2011, 09:25 PM
It would be perfect indeed, I passed the info on.

gaypalmsprings
03-27-2011, 07:28 AM
I'm in my 50s and I have no idea where women of any age would want to go in L.A......but why wouldn't she want to spend time with people in their 20s? Perhaps you are stereotyping her, or you are not wanting to be seen with her with people closer to your own age. I find all ages fun to be with - don't limit your (or her) choices for a fun time. Coachella is mostly 20s - but it's a fun time for all. My father is 88, and I don't take him to places and events that attract 80 year-olds. Have you asked your mother what she would like?

unknown
03-27-2011, 11:40 AM
Seeing Chelsea Handler would be a great part of the night!

juloxx
03-27-2011, 12:12 PM
Sounds like cougar central. Count me in

BROKENDOLL
03-27-2011, 12:31 PM
They're all very down to earth, normal housewives for the most part. I imagine they'll all be dressed very nicely, not evening gowns but definitely cocktail dresses.
Pretty sure when you get a group of normal housewives on a Party Bus together, they'll be half-faced by the time they arrive in L.A. so, I'd maybe plan for a nice dinner somewhere to prep their tummies and their minds for the next festivity...more drinks and dancing. I'd think L.A. would have "Cougar Bars" you could find listed somewhere. The show sounds good too. Then again, normal housewives in a pack could also be sent out on their own, with their buzzes on, and can probably manage to find more fun that any of us can recommend. lol

TallGuyCM
03-27-2011, 03:18 PM
I'm in my 50s and I have no idea where women of any age would want to go in L.A......but why wouldn't she want to spend time with people in their 20s? Perhaps you are stereotyping her, or you are not wanting to be seen with her with people closer to your own age. I find all ages fun to be with - don't limit your (or her) choices for a fun time. Coachella is mostly 20s - but it's a fun time for all. My father is 88, and I don't take him to places and events that attract 80 year-olds. Have you asked your mother what she would like?

I was told directly that they want to go somewhere where it's not just people in their 20s. You're looking way too much into it.

Edit: And just to be clear: I'm not going with them, just trying to help them organize the night.

Theijuiel
03-27-2011, 04:45 PM
Roosevelt Hotel has a great quiet bar inside near the lobby.

whynotsmile99
04-01-2011, 09:01 PM
3 words:

Jumbo's. Clown. Room.

icedKeg
04-01-2011, 11:00 PM
I live 20 seconds from Jumbo's. Let's party.

gaypalmsprings
04-01-2011, 11:16 PM
If she's into country muisc, the Zac Brown Band will be at the Hollywood Bowl.

TallGuyCM
04-02-2011, 01:42 AM
Not a bad idea GPS, the Bowl's kind of a final destination for a night kind of place though. Keep the ideas coming!

Edit: And off topic, how the fuck is Zac Brown playing the Bowl?!? Must be part of a show with other big names.

PJandBompton
04-02-2011, 04:09 AM
Not a bad idea GPS, the Bowl's kind of a final destination for a night kind of place though. Keep the ideas coming!

Edit: And off topic, how the fuck is Zac Brown playing the Bowl?!? Must be part of a show with other big names.

don't really follow country, but i was under the impression that they are pretty huge

TallGuyCM
04-02-2011, 04:19 AM
They're big, but not Hollywood Bowl big.

kcreag
04-03-2011, 09:10 PM
3 words:

Jumbo's. Clown. Room.

LOVE.

PJandBompton
04-03-2011, 10:15 PM
They're big, but not Hollywood Bowl big.

Phoenix and LCD Soundsystem aren't either...

MantisMel
04-03-2011, 10:17 PM
I'd recommend the San Antonio Winery for wine and dinner ( http://www.sanantoniowinery.com ) then a show after at the Ahmanson Theatre with a 6:30pm showing of a play comedy called "God of Carnage" (http://www.centertheatregroup.org/theatres/ahmanson). Wine,Dinner, and a play seems like a pretty fun night out for the girls.

TallGuyCM
04-04-2011, 12:45 AM
Yeah, definitely. I'll pass it on. Many thanks!

Drinkey McDrinkerstein
04-04-2011, 09:10 AM
The Ahmanson is a really nice place to see a play, and it's very centrally located downtown.

MantisMel
04-04-2011, 11:44 AM
I love the Ahmanson. Ive seen tons of plays there. The God Of Carnage comedy play has an amazing cast. James Gandolfini, Jeff Daniels, Marcia Gay Harden and Hope Davis. It looks really fun.